The Wyoming Cowboys headed south to Colorado Springs to face Mountain West Conference rival Air Force and the Falcons broke a 22-game regular-season conference losing streak defeating Wyoming 70-63 at Clune Arena Saturday afternoon.
The loss drops Wyoming to, 9-12 and 2-5 MWC, while the Pokes have yet to win a road game this season and are 0-2 in The Centennial State. Air Force, 9-11 and 1-6 MWC, snaps a two-game skid to Wyoming and a six-game losing streak overall.
The Cowboys overcame a slow start and took a 29-26 halftime lead into the locker room, but hot three-point shooting from the Falcons pushed them past the visitors and led by as many as 13 points in the second half.
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but my hat’s off to (Air Force Coach) Jeff (Reynolds), Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer said to goairforcefalcons.com. We came here and thought our game plan was pretty good, even though (Air Force) went on a roll there and knocked down a couple threes against the zone we played. I think that was the difference.
Desmar Jackson led the Pokes with his second consecutive 21 point game and teammates Amath MBaye had 11 points with JayDee Luster, and Djibril Thiam each recording 10.
Evan Washington had a career and game high 23 points for the Falcons, who shot 11-of-25 from beyond the arc, and Grant Stucker chipped in 12 for Air Force and held Wyoming to a dismal 5-of-22 from three-point land.
It felt great, and I have to compare it to winning a championship by getting that monkey off our back, said Washington about the win to goairforcefalcons.com. Last year, we let losing become part of our mentality, but I think we have a tougher team this year. I really wanted to be that guy who stepped up and made free throws.
This was the second straight game the Pokes played without leading scorer Afam Muojeke, who is out for the year with a knee injury, but were also without starting center Adam Waddell, who sat out with an ankle injury.
Wyoming will be in action again when they welcome the UNLV Rebels to the Arena-Auditorium Wednesday night at 8 p.m., in Laramie.